tv Beyonce Finding Her Destiny CNN February 9, 2013 11:00pm-11:30pm PST
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>> there's nobody else that's singing like she is. there's nobody else who's giving the energy she gives on stage. >> a path to superstardom that started with a shy little girl. ♪ >> beyonce was really a quiet kid, kind of to herself. >> whose father launched her career. >> beyonce automatic's stood out. everybody would say that. >> r&b royalty, fashion icon and now a new role -- mother. beyonce as you've never seen her from the people who know her best. i'm nischelle turner here at staples center in los angeles, home of this year's grammy awards. on the eve of this year's biggest night, we're bringing you a half-hour special on one of the world's hottest music stars. she's earned 16 grammys and set a record for the female artist with the most wins in a single year.
she's been breaking barriers and topping the charts since she first stepped on the stage as a 9-year-old little girl. here's the story of beyonce, finding her destiny. ♪ >> i, barack hussein obama, do solemnly swear -- >> barack obama's inauguration with beyonce singing the national anthem. ♪ whose broad stripes and bright stars ♪ ♪ through the perilous fight >> it was a moving moment. >> every time i look at her, singing for the president and performing worldwide, and then i think, that was my baby. >> darla johnson was beyonce's childhood dance teacher.
>> i know that she's beyonce. i know that she's worldwide and everybody know her and everybody scream, et cetera, but even when i see her, she's still my beyonce. ♪ >> a proud moment that didn't last long. >> did beyonce fake it at the inauguration? >> this was a question on a lot of lips in washington today. >> beyonce and her lip-synch stunner. >> did she or didn't she? >> did she? didn't she? and does it even matter? this was beyonce's response. posted to instagram. online and on air. >> i'm saying leave beyonce alone. >> was it live or on tape? >> she became a hot topic of conversation. >> i'm not surprised that she did lip-synch. >> i still don't think she did, though. >> i just think people think there just has to be something else behind who she is.
>> gail mitchell writes for "billboard" magazine. >> that no one is really that nice, no one is really that gracious. maybe that's why people attacked so hard with the whole inauguration lip-synching. >> it turned out beyonce had used a prerecorded track. >> but at a press conference ten days later -- ♪ o say can you see by the dawn's early light ♪ >> beyonce silenced her critics. the punch line? >> any questions? not likely. >> matthew knowles is beyonce's father. and for decades managed her career. ♪ >> at 15, 16 years old, you don't quite yet have the maturity to quite understand or
how to take criticism. >> i messed up. >> no, that's cool. >> she's gotten older, now she's a grown ass woman. so she understands it. >> beyonce feels this is her time. >> i feel like 30 is the ideal age because you're mature enough to know who you are and to have your boundaries and your standards and not be afraid of being too polite. but you're young enough to be a young woman. i'm very aware of who i am. and i feel great. >> for beyonce knowles carter, lately it has been one hell of a run. back in the summer of 2011,
there was a tummy rub at the video music awards. by the next january, the singer, dancer, actor, filmmaker, entrepreneur and fashion icon was also mom. and with the birth of blue ivy came a new burst of creativity. >> i think as a new mom, you get a renewed sense of strength of purpose and whatever. i think that's gelled with her and having blue ivy. >> next thing you know it's super bowl. it's just, you know, one, two, three, let's go. >> beyonce emerged from a four-month break ready for reinvention. >> i think as an artist, you have to constantly reinvent yourself. >> june ambrose is a stylist to husband jay-z and a friend of the couple. >> you're constantly under construction, always working to be relevant, always thinking of different ways to be a comeback and not compromise who you are as a woman, as a person. >> and there could be no bigger stage for her next act. >> one, two, three, four!
>> than the halftime show at the super bowl. >> the crowd's reaction when she stepped out on stage during halftime was now the real show is going to start. it was like, i felt like the football team was her opening act. ♪ >> unmatched energy and an eye-popping look. >> she was a superhero. it was scantily clad. it was tough, it was salacious. >> beyonce has evolved into this being that you just expect greatness from to the point where great isn't even good enough anymore. >> pop star neo collaborates with beyonce. >> there's nobody else that's singing like she is. there's nobody else giving the energy that she gives on stage and much less doing it at the same time. and doing both well at the same time. there's nobody else doing it. ♪
>> for 14 minutes, singing live and backed completely by female artists, beyonce lived out one of her dreams. >> i definitely feel that it is my job to empower women, and i remember having this dream that my band was all females and i told my male band at the time, i'm sorry, guys, y'all are so talented, but you're not women. >> a coincidental power failure provided the perfect metaphor for the lights-out performance. how do you think she did? >> how about exceptional. it's difficult because she didn't have a long time to rehearse. you've got to be on, and the world, i think 140 million people watched her. >> does it get any better than that? >> i would be just as proud as if it was ten people. >> a new album, a huge world
tour. beyonce is ready for the next big thing. >> 2013, what's new anymore. got to say hats off to her as an artist, just really trying to thrive for whatever is next. >> what's next for music's hottest star? and where did it all begin? >> the whole audience was rocking her name. beyonce! beyonce! beyonce! >> and that was back when she was like 7, 8 years old. >> that story next. ♪ we're in san francisco. google's backyard for the bing it on challenge. [fight bell: ding, ding] what's your preferred search engine? search engine, uhh, probably google. if we do a side by side blind test comparison, and you end up choosing google, you get an xbox. i'll bet you the xbox, you bet me your son. well let's look up what you need.
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before she was the diva, before she was the queen bee, she was just beyonce giselle knowles, a little girl in suburban houston. >> beyonce was a quiet kid, to herself. >> hoping to get beyonce to come out of their shell, matthew and tina knowles sent their daughter to this dance studio. >> harder, harder. >> when you first saw her and
she first came in, i mean, did you even notice her? >> what i did notice about her is that she was very shy. you ask her what's your name? beyonce knowles. you could barely hear her. i said, can you say it for me again, sweetheart? beyonce knowles. >> but on the dance floor -- >> beyonce would dance so hard that she would lose her costume pieces, sometimes her hat would come off because she was fierce. >> it was here that beyonce created her now famous alter ego. >> now, that's sasha fierce. that's who that is. >> when she got on stage she became a different person. >> but no one knew beyonce had a secret. >> i hummed a song and she finished it. and it blew me away. and i stopped and i told her, sing it again. she wouldn't sing it again. she was shy. and i promised her a dollar. she sung it again and i was floored. her parents came to pick her up and i said she can sing. she can really sing.
>> a multimillion dollar star was born. >> i remember her sitting on the floor and i would tell her, you're going to be so big. and i remember she was looking up at me and i said you watch. ♪ >> at local talent pageants, the pint-sized powerhouse quickly made a name for herself. >> before beyonce's name was even called, the whole audience was rocking her name, sounding her name. beyonce! beyonce! beyonce! ♪ >> judy took beyonce to many of these pageants. >> she always won the competitions. we may have had 500-plus junior talents and she always stood out. >> thank you. >> adorable. now, are these all the trophies she won from doing the talent shows and the pageants?
>> these are from the pageants, yeah. >> yet no one imagined that at this young age beyonce would already face the ugly side of fame. >> in school, you know, there was some jealousy because she was beginning to be a local star. so there was some jealousy of girls and they said some mean things to her. >> but the bullying didn't stop her. fame came knocking at the door of her mother's salon. >> some ladies came and said you know what, en vogue was hot at the time. they said we would like to form a younger version of en vogue and we would like to have beyonce be the lead singer aft group. >> girls time was born. beyonce teamed up with a group of six girls, including her cousin kelly rowland. >> beyonce was kind of the pilot of the group. if they got tired, she would encourage them. i call her the energizer bunny because beyonce keep going and going.
♪ i don't care >> from the local spotlight to the national stage. >> girls tyme ended up going to star search, ended up competing against some 40-year-olds. >> a perfect score, the challenge, girls tyme receives -- >> they lose, they're crying their heart out. i said mr. mcmahon, the girls are crying, i'm a dad. what do i do? he said well, i know those who lose go back and rededicate, refocus. >> and that's what matthew knowles add them do. in 1995, he resigned from his corporate job at xerox and manager the girls full time. >> you taught that lesson, this is how you dedicate yourself to this craft. >> yes. and it was difficult.
>> all they wanted was a major record deal. and that meant lots of hard work. here's some rare footage of beyonce working on some early recordings. >> duane wiggins was their producer. >> beyonce automatically stood out. everyone would say that because she simply was a very focused young lady. >> that focus paid off with a big record contract. michael maldin was an executive at columbia records. >> we could tell she had pipes and we could tell, again, they were young pipes. that's what you want to do is try to find groups that you can put in the incubator and try to develop. >> the group settled on a name, destiny's child, and the hits started coming. like "no, no, no." >> all here for you. >> destiny's child was on the express ride to the top. until --
>> what happened was the girls wanted new management so that was pretty tough for beyonce because her father is manager. >> the two members that wanted beyonce's father out were quickly replaced. >> beyonce was the one who got the black eye for it. very, very, very unjustly. >> beyonce became public enemy number one with fans and the press. even being called a blood-sucking diva. the criticism was nothing new for the girl who was bullied at age 9 for her talent. but now 10 years older, beyonce was stronger. her song said it. she was a survivor. ♪ i'm a survivor i'm not going to stop ♪ ♪ i'm going to work harder >> the publicity from the scandal was seemingly priceless. people couldn't get enough of destiny's child. by the 2001 grammys, destiny's
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>> listen carefully. >> harder, harder. >> darla johnson's girls, the ones she calls the next generations of beyonces are dancing to "crazy in love." "crazy in love," i love it. >> don't we all wish we were? >> crazy in love. >> it's the first single off beyonce's very first solo album, "dangerously in love" and it's the song that launches beyonce as a major solo superstar and leads to the end of destiny's child. >> i knew that that was going to take her soaring. >> and it did. >> it did. ♪ >> beyonce's part two, the solo career begins with jay-z. he's in her first solo hit and he's in her personal life.
from their dating to their wedding to baby blue, the public doesn't learn a single detail until beyonce is ready to spill it. >> so let me show you this. >> an approach she learned from her father. >> i'm not going to talk about beyonce the mom and -- >> what about papa g, the granddad? what do you like to do with blue? >> i'm not going to talk about that. you get nothing. >> i get nothing. >> you get nothing. >> this is beyonce -- >> it's a philosophy that beyonce would go on to apply to both her professional and private lives. nobody learns anything about b until she's ready to tell them. well, let's talk about "dangerously in love." the album did really well. >> yes. >> that first solo album debuted at number one and went on to sell more than 11 million copies. >> the album did really well. and what am i thinking? tour?
>> studio, tour, more singles, now. >> normally when the album does very well, you do a tour. >> there's a small tour, beyonce's first as a solo artist, followed by three more solo albums and a total of five solo number one hits, including 2008's "single ladies." movies -- >> because i'm foxy cleopatra and i'm a whole lot of woman. >> a fashion line. >> my mother would make all these beautiful clothes and after so many years, my fans, they were like, okay we have to buy these clothes somewhere. ♪ oh, yeah >> and numerous endorsements including a new one with pepsi that will pay beyonce to advertise its products and fund some of her creative projects. >> i think it's a huge deal. i think it says a lot about her as a brand, about her music, and
that pepsi would do something like that for a black female music artist, that's tremendous. >> it's a deal that demonstrates she's as good a businesswoman as she is a performer. >> my father was such an incredible entrepreneur, and any and everything he said he would have, he worked until he had it. and he taught me there's no such thing as no. >> my personal opinion is she watched. she watched her dad. she watched her mom. her mom ran a hair salon. she's got this business savvy that a lot of people either -- a lot of creative types, they're one side. >> those two sides of beyonce are more important than ever. she's now on her own. two years ago, she announced her father would no longer be her manager. i wonder where can she or where does she go from here? >> i think that's a question you
should ask beyonce. i think she has the ability, the talent, the passion, fans that she can quite frankly go wherever she would like to go. >> where she's going next is the documentary world. she is the director of the story of her life that airs this month on hbo. >> power is not given to you. you have to take it. you're playing a part in a much bigger show. and that's what life is. >> word is, we'll learn more about the personal details she usually withholds. such as the miscarriage she suffered prior to blue ivy. but even before the documentary airs, she's become a little freer with personal information, thanks to a large and active tumblr site. >> if they're posting it, you're supposed to know it. if they're not posting it, you ain't supposed to know it. >> what the online and documentary projects have in